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Quantz: Concertos & Trio Sonatas with Recorder / Bagliano, Collegium Pro Musica


Release Date: 02/23/2018 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95386  
Composer:  Johann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Stefano Bagliano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Pro Musica
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An attractive introduction to one of the seminal figures in 18th-century music. Apart from being a virtuoso flautist, Johann Joachim Quantz (1697–1773) was also a theorist, composer and flute maker of outstanding stature and acclaim. Despite his humble origins as the son of a blacksmith, he rose to great eminence in the 18th-century flute world, becoming a personal friend of Frederick the Great of Prussia and living happily at the emperor’s court in Potsdam, where for 32 years. During this period he wrote and performed over 300 works for the flute, playing them on specially devised instruments that brought out their particular melodic vein. Quantz is in many ways the ‘father of the flute’, as instrument-maker, composer and finally Read more performer. His own music owes much of its zest and charm to contemporary Italianate examples such as Vivaldi, whom Quantz met in Venice. Almost 300 concertos survive, and over 200 sonatas: where to start with so prodigious an output? On this new recording, Stefano Bagliano has selected two concertos (in F major and G minor, nicely contrasted) and a pair of trio sonatas, in C major and again in G minor, the close relative of B flat major to which the flute is technically well suited: many sinfonias and movements of designedly pastoral character have been composed in those keys with the flute playing a starring role. Indeed, all the slow movements on this recording are distinguished by their gently flowing, pastoral character. This is the latest disc in the extensive and well-received discography of Stefano Bagliano, period-instrument flautist, recorder player and ensemble-leader, on Brilliant Classics. Previous successes include discs of Vivaldi, Telemann, C.P.E. Bach and Fiorenza and Mele. ‘A bountifully filled disc of splendid music in first-rate performances,’ remarked MusicWeb International of the Collegium Pro Musica/Bagliano album of Sammartini. ‘The Collegium Pro Musica has a fine, warm, authentic sound.’ Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Recorder in F Major, QV 5:139 by Johann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Stefano Bagliano (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Pro Musica
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
Concerto for Flute in G Minor, QV 6:8a by Johann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Stefano Bagliano (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Pro Musica
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3.
Trio Sonata for Recorder, Flute and Basso Continuo in C major by Johann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Stefano Bagliano (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Pro Musica
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Trio Sonata for Recorder, Flute and Basso Continuo in G Minor, QV 2:20 by Johann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Stefano Bagliano (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Pro Musica
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fine performances June 28, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Johann Joachim Quantz is rightly considered the father of the flute. He was one of the first virtuosi of the transverse flute. He was also one of the foremost flute makers of his day. Quantz's writings are still used as standard references for Baroque flute technique and ornamentation. And he wrote almost 600 works, most featuring the transverse flute or the recorder. This recording features two concertos and two trio sonatas. Stefano Baliano is the recorder soloist. He plays with a warm, mellow tone that remains consistent, even in the upper registers. Like Quantz, he's the master of his instrument. Bagliano's technique has a fluidity that makes even the most difficult passage sound elegantly simple. Bagliano's the founder of the Collegium Pro Musica. The deep relationship between soloist and ensemble make these performances pleasing to listen to. I especially enjoyed the Concerto in G minor (QV6:8a) and the Trio Sonata in C (QV2:Anh.3). These feature both recorder and transverse flute as soloists. The rich, darker tone of Lorenzo Cavasanti's transverse flute blends well with Bagliano's recorder. It's a smooth, yet complex blend of sound that I liked very much. A superb addition to the Collegium Pro Musica's growing catalog of fine early music performances." Report Abuse
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